Meeting My Money Mentors at an LA Rooftop Party

If you had told me last week that I’d be hanging out at a swanky rooftop party in LA with some of the famous finance bloggers I’d been following online since I started at FatWallet this past summer, I would have said you were crazy.

I’m a Midwestern mom of three, who lives a pretty normal working mom type of life, shuttling kids from here to there and battling that never ending laundry pile.

But that’s where I was last night…at the top of the Standard hotel pool deck with the likes of Philip Taylor from PT Money, Greg Go from Wise Bread, and J. Money from Budgets are Sexy.

We were there for a book launch party for Chris Camillo’s new book Laughing at Wall Street, which I’m reading now and will share with you this week.

It was chilly, so we found ourselves all huddled around the outdoor heaters, Kumbaya style, sharing stores about our past and how we ended up doing what we’re doing now. I so loved hearing about when they woke up and realized that they needed to get their money act together. And as I’m at the beginning of my financial turn around, I’m inspired by their stories.

It seems universal that reading financial blogs and forums is a big part of the financial education they’ve acquired along the away. Philip Taylor mentioned he uses the FatWallet financial forums personally.

Are you taking advantage of the information that’s out there? If you’re just getting started and not sure where to begin, these blogs and the FatWallet finance forum are a great place to start. Everyone starts somewhere, and where ever you are on your journey toward financial peace, I recommend you find mentors like these to learn from and follow.

The book Laughing at Wall Street, the reason for the party, will totally be up your alley. It’s a story about Chris Camillo, a family man and self directed investor who grew $20,000 into $2 million by investing in the stock market. Impressive yes, but even more impressively, he did it only three years, during the worst economical crisis since the Great Depression, using Facebook, friends, and shopping at the mall to find great investment deals. He teaches in the book how to use the interests and trends going on right in front of us to know what to invest in, before Wall Street even knows they exist.

I can’t wait to share it with you next week.

Our L.A. dream ends tomorrow and then we head for Vegas to another internet marketing convention. So, I’ve gotta run.

I’m off to the convention center to snag an interview with Chris Camillo and meet more awesome bloggers here at Blog World Expo 2011.

Please share your favorite money blogs in the comments below and be sure to check out the blogs I’ve mentioned. Look for my post on Monday for your chance to win a copy of the book!

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